- Bandits have continued to lay ambush on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna road, abducting many travellers in the process
- As a result of this, the House of Representatives, has expressed worry over the worsening state of insecurity along the highway
- The lawmakers consequently urged the government to live up to its responsibility and save the lives of Nigerians plying the highway
Following the persistent kidnapping of Nigerians plying the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November urged the security agencies to live up to its responsibility.
According to the lawmakers, the security agencies must end the attacks and save the lives
Daily Trust Newspaper reports that the House adopted a motion by Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba (APC, Nassarawa) who described the increasing attacks on travellers on the road as alarming.
Nalaraba said incessant attacks on travelers by bandits on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway were instilling fear and anxiety in Nigerians, and threatening their rights of movement for socio-economic engagements.
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Group blames intelligence failure for recent killing of Army General, others
Meanwhile, a coalition of 76 Non-governmental Organisations and Civil Society Activists have knocked the intelligence arms of the military and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for continued attacks on military formations and other infrastructure of the state by terrorists
The activists also lamented over the kidnapping and robbery by bandits saying the attacks were not only a setback to the war against insecurity but a blatant embarrassment to the armed forces and Nigeria in general.
The group particularly made reference to the recent kidnapping of travellers in broad daylight along Abuja-Kaduna road, an attack in Borno that resulted in the killing of a General and three other soldiers, the attack on a Kaduna-Abuja bound train, and several others as clear instances of intelligence failure.
In a statement jointly signed by, Dr. Aliyu Bello of Peace and Conflict Resolution Initiative and Ambassador Jude Uchenna of Alliance for Justice and Peace on behalf of the groups, they urged the federal government and the military high command to immediately rejig those behind intelligence gathering.
Military to monitor Kaduna-Abuja Railway through helicopters
In a related development, the Nigerian military has deployed some of its attack helicopters to monitor the Kaduna-Abuja railway after the recent attack on train passengers by armed bandits.
Announcing the commencement of the military exercise, Brigadier-General Onyeuko said:
‘’The important thing is the Nigerian Air Force is present at the rail tracks. Suffice to say, the operation has started. Even if you travel by road, you will see our helicopters along that route.’’